We offer you a calendar of retrograde planets in 2021. There is no retrograde motion of Mars, this year. All the other planets will move backwards, one or more times (this is the case for Mercury).

Retrograde motion of a planet is its apparent backward motion through the sky, as observed from Earth. This apparent retrograde motion is caused by the Earth traveling past a slower-moving outer planet (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) or when the Earth is itself passed by a faster-moving inner planet (Mercury, Venus or Mars).

So, this is like the apparent motion of the slower car on the highway – an optical illusion. But it is important, from our perspective: we live on Earth and we judge things from an earthly perspective.

Some astrologers consider this apparent backward movement of the planets was to be unlucky, because it goes against the natural order of movement – the direct movement. But a retrograde planet is not necessarily something bad – actually, it is a chance to recognize, understand and correct past mistakes.

2021 retrograde planets

Retrograde Planets in 2021

30th January-21st February: Mercury retrograde in Aquarius

29th May-22nd June: Mercury retrograde in Gemini

27th September-18th October: Mercury retrograde in Libra

19th December 2021-1st January 2022: Venus retrograde in Capricorn

20th June-18th October: Jupiter retrograde in Pisces (until 28th July) and Aquarius

23rd May-11th October: Saturn retrograde in Aquarius

1st January-14th January: Uranus retrograde in Taurus

20th August 2021 – !st January 2022: Uranus retrograde in Taurus

25th June-1st December: Neptune retrograde in Pisces

27 April-6th October: Pluto retrograde in Capricorn


Node North and Chiron also move backwards, in 2020.

Node retrograde in Gemini (until 23rd December) and Taurus: all year long

Chiron retrograde in Aries: 15th July-19th December

There is no motion retrograde for Lilith, in 2021.